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Seven Steps to Library Research - A step-by-step guide to efficient research using your MSJC Library.

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Reference Desk:   (951) 487-3452

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Seven Steps to Effective Library Research

These steps outline a simple and effective strategy for finding information for your research paper and documenting the sources you find. Depending on your topic and your familiarity with the library, you may need to rearrange or recycle these steps. Adapt this outline to your needs. We are ready to help you at every step in your research.

Identify and Develop Your Topic

Topic Context: Find Background Information on Your Topic

Find Books

Find Articles

Find Video

Evaluate What You Find

Cite What You Find

Need Research Help? Ask a Librarian!

Use our quick Email form or Chat service to get help from MSJC Librarians.

Or Text us at 951-783-4977!


Online Help from Peer Research Assistants (PRAs)

PRA Appointment Calendar

Don't want to wait for an appointment? Get live online research help with our PRA Chat Service! PRAs are fellow students who are ready to help you get started with your research assignments.